ABOUT US

We are a community of mental health clinicians providing excellence in service. Our team of social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists focus on providing comprehensive services in our areas of expertise. As a team we are continually improving and updating our services through collaboration with university led research activities, sessional academic teaching, and practicum supervision.

Join the Team

Bluestone Therapy is currently inviting mental health clinicians to join the DBT Program in the following capacity at the Cochrane clinic.

  • Facilitation of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills training groups, and participation in research activities.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with foundational training through Behavioral Tech.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience providing DBT for adults.
  • Competence in group work, trauma informed care, and dissociation.
  • Current registration and good standing with the College of Alberta Psychologists (CAP), Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW), or the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (ccpa-accp).

This position is open to expanding into individual and couple’s therapy. Bluestone Therapy is committed to excellence in client care and support CE learning.  

Please contact Dr. LaRocque at 403-875-3932 for further information.

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Green Sustainability Plan

Bluestone Therapy is committed to corporate social and environmental responsibility for the wellbeing of future generations. As a team we engage in the following activities:

  • Electronic record keeping on a secure Canadian web server
  • Composting and recycling of relevant materials
  • Reduction of paper products, including information handouts

Sarah LaRocque Ph.D|Clinical Director 

Dr. Sarah LaRocque is the Clinical Director of Bluestone Therapy and is currently overseeing the establishment of the Saskatoon office.

Sarah takes a collaborative, respectful, and strength-based approach to her therapy. She follows evidence-based practice guidelines, actively participating in various university led research projects. She has extensive experience facilitating evidence- based groups, adhering to modalities such as Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Exposure Therapy, DBT Exposure Therapy, and the treatment of complex PTSD.  She is experienced in facilitating long-term psychotherapy groups and is trained in group supervision.

SESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR: Sarah has worked as a sessional instructor in the Faculty of Social Work, University of Calgary, BSW, virtual learning, and MSW programs.

TRAINING: Sarah provides training in group psychotherapy and is a field instructor for master and Ph.D students.

RESEARCH ACTIVITIES: Sarah is a researcher with the University of Calgary. She is currently working on the project Reconceptualizing the Role of Diversity in Group Work .

Contact Sarah:  Tel: (306) 380-2164 or (403) 875-3932

dr.larocque@bluestonetherapy.ca

Yuko Yoshinami, MA, R. Psych 

 

Yuko is currently working in the Cochrane office and oversees the DBT and Trauma Programs at this location.

Yuko is a Registered Psychologist (CAP Registration #3263) who takes a “whole person” approach, addressing issues from multiple perspectives including the mind, body and the brain (neuroscience).

AREAS OF WORK: Yuko has worked with a wide range of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety and addiction, and has over 10 years of experience working with the persons with complex presentation, primarily Borderline Personality Disorder as well as other personality disorders, various forms of dissociation, trauma, and eating disorders.

SPECIAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Assessment and treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder, PTSD, complex/developmental trauma, and Dissociative Disorders.

Yuko is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT Prolonged Exposure (DBT-PE) through Behavioral Tech, Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and standard Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE). She is also a certified yoga instructor and uses yoga (trauma sensitive yoga) to prepare her clients for trauma treatment, to ensure successful trauma processing.

Yuko and the team offer comprehensive and adherent DBT, which includes a 24-week skills group, individual sessions and phone coaching.

The team takes a phase-based treatment approach to the treatment of trauma, which is recommended in the guidelines presented by ISTSS (International Society of Trauma and Stress Studies) and offers various treatment modalities to address complexity of trauma.

Contact Yuko:  Tel: (403) 998-6191 

Yuko@bluestonetherapy.ca

Carl H.D. Adrian, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Adrian sees clients in the Cochrane Office.

Dr. Adrian works in collaboration with Bluestone Therapy, providing psychiatric consultation for clients with adult ADHD, anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder. As a team member of the DBT program, he participates in consultation meetings and facilitates a DBT skills training group and a stage 2 process-oriented group.

Najwa Zahr, MSW, RSW

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Najwa is currently working in the Cochrane office.

Najwa is a registered social worker specializing in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and their families. Najwa incorporates  individual emotional, developmental, and environmental contexts into her approach. 

Areas of work: Najwa has experience working with a wide range of mental health issues including child and youth ADHD, ODD, anxiety, substance use, depression/suicidal behaviours, trauma, attachment, and personality disorders. She is trained in Dialectical Behaviour Skills Training and facilitates an adolescent DBT group (ages 12-17).

SPECIAL INTEREST AND EXPERTISE: Assessment and treatment of:

  • Young children/adolescents (0-18)
  • Attachment and separation anxiety
  • Selective mutism
  • Bullying and hostile anger expression
  • Substance use
  • Trauma in families

Certified facilitator with Circle of Security Parenting International

The Circle of Security intervention uses a group treatment modality to provide parent information and psychotherapy that is based on attachment theory. Circle of Security is a promising intervention for the reduction of disorganized and insecure attachment in high-risk toddlers, preschoolers, and adolescents.

Contact Najwa:  Tel: (403) 615-1808. 

Najwa.Zahr@bluestonetherapy.ca

SESSION FEES

Individual Therapy | $180 Per Session Group Therapy | $60 Per Session

Sliding Fee Scale Based on Annual Household Income 

Less than $30,000/yr

   50% discount ($90/hr)  


Between $30 – 80,000
 
         %25 discount ($135/hr)         

More then $80,000
 
0% discount = ($180 hour)
 
We provide direct billing for clients using Blue Cross, Green Shield, Blue Shield, and other third party providers.